Climate funding deal agreed by EU

Posted on 30th October 2009 in Personal Carbon Trading

The European Union (EU) has agreed a conditional deal on how to help other nations fight global warming, ahead of a key climate summit.

The European Union agreed climate change would need at least 100bn euros, around £90bn a year by 2020.

Gordon Brown said the deal, which came after a deadlock on cost sharing was broken, was a “bold proposal”.

However, some green groups criticised the deal, saying it was not nearly enough.

The accord had been threatened by a coalition of nine poorer EU nations, which argued that richer countries should pay more.

To meet the concerns, the initial funding will be voluntary and no cost targets for individual EU nations were announced.

Details of how the burden will be shared will be sorted out later by a working group.

Earlier EU leaders agreed a deal designed to secure the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, which aims to streamline decision-making and bolster the bloc’s role on the world stage.

Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, the only country that had been holding out on ratification, said it would no longer raise objections.

Mr Brown, announcing the climate deal, said the EU discussions had been a success.

“We were aware that if we did not come together to make progress, the possibility of a deal ¬†would be a lot less likely.”

He said: “Europe is leading the way with these bold proposals – do not allow years to go by without action.”

The EU said the amount to come from public funding from all countries to meet the estimated 100bn euros a year needed by 2020 would be between 22bn and 50bn euros a year.

However, it did not fix the EU’s contribution, saying it would only pay its “fair share”.

But Mr Brown did announce a “fast track” scheme to reduce carbon emissions, with the richest countries providing development finance to the poorest.

This would come in soon after the Copenhagen summit and would cost 5bn to 7bn euros immediately, to come from all richer countries.

He insisted that all these funding targets would be conditional on other richer countries making funding offers and on developing countries showing how they would spend the money.

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Posted on 15th October 2009 in Good web sites

The Guardian news paper has laucnhed a new web site to promote all things green and climate change related calling it

The inital impression is that it is a comprehensive news and information resource.

Topics they cover include green living, climate change, energy. The new Environment Guardian web site covers things on a global basis not just in the UK.

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Carbon offsetting schemes

Posted on 7th October 2009 in Carbon offsetting schemes

Carbon offsetting schemes are no doubt a good idea. They allow us to try and off set the amount of carbon we use or burn by going about or daily working and social lives with schemes that help replace the carbon dioxide.

Such carbon schemes include planting trees or other long term sustainable vegetation to help our atmosphere.

The one question is how many people are socially aware enough to take part or pay to join these schemes to make a real impact. Any change is good but do we on planet earth need a more people to join theses types of schemes as well as look at the way in which we go about our dialy lives to make a difference.

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Smart meters ‘need live displays’

Posted on 6th October 2009 in Smart Metering

Smart meters or smart metering will be installed in every house hold in the UK by 2020. The idea behind smart meters is it means bills are no longer estimated and a range of energy tariffs can be supplied to house holds in the UK.

This range of energy tariffs can include more energy efficient day, night and evening weekend products meaning its cheaper to use energy at off peak hours.

Smart meter can also have a monitor on them that allowing us to see just how much it is costing us for the energy we use in our homes. Instead of kilo watt hours it will show in pounds and pence just how much energy you are burning with the aim to help us become more energy aware and reduce the amount of energy we use and our carbon footprint.

The BBC has just published a good article on this that can be seen here

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